Smart city technology, not unlike the technology ClearWorld develops, is helping to increase safety across the country thanks to increased visibility and smart grid networking.
During Hurricane Irma, it became clear how much-needed safe city technology is to the modern world. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Miami area police arrested more than 50 suspected looters, including 26 people who were accused of breaking into a single Wal-Mart store, authorities said.
City officials on Tuesday lifted a local 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew that had been in place since Sunday. As normality began to return, police commanders said officers will work 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, to discourage any more criminality.
Among others suspected of looting were six men arrested on Monday and accused of breaking into stores at the Midtown Miami shopping complex, near the fashionable Wynwood district, before making off with merchandise that included shoes, bags and laptops.
The looting attempts spanned the city, said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Officers were busy monitoring roads that can be perilous for motorists because power cuts shut off traffic lights at intersections and streets have accumulated shredded vegetation spread by the storm’s powerful winds.
One of the most important benefits that comes along with the implementation of smart city technologies is the improvements in safety. In global case studies, introducing new technology-driven solutions slashed crime levels by up to 30% in some cities. ClearWorld recognizes the importance of public safety and the role that smart city technology will play in making U.S. streets safer.
Smart cities rely on massive networks of data, obtained from IoT devices all across the city. If developed cohesively, the networks can integrate with one another to pull in and analyze every aspect of a smart city. This includes everything from energy management and smart grids, to public transport, traffic management, healthcare, and much more. As municipalities and political parties look for ways to garner greater public support, smart cities may provide them with the results they’re looking for. Every individual would benefit from the enhanced public safety made possible by new technology.
From an economic development standpoint, these safer cities would also benefit from the cost-effectiveness of ClearWorld technology. When a city is being revitalized, often times those first few dollars of the budget go toward installing new streetlights to improve public safety. Existing infrastructure can be outfitted with our flexible Solar panels, regardless of size or diameter. This will greatly reduce installation and maintenance costs.
ClearWorld’s RetroFlex light poles improve safety in public spaces with the ability to provide off-grid lighting for playgrounds and trails. The inclusion of a security call button, installed directly on the pole, means fewer people will have to feel unsafe in public parks at night. In residential areas, the light fixtures bring about increased security with remote camera monitoring. To learn how smart city applications can benefit you, visit ClearWorld’s smart city map.